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ERIC Number: ED541514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-9833-0043-4
Michigan School Privatization Survey 2011
Hohman, James M.; Kollmeyer, Josiah M.
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michigan school districts face tough choices allocating their resources to provide students with an education. Despite increased spending in Michigan schools, school boards regularly have to find ways to trim expenses, and sometimes that means lowering employment benefits, eliminating positions and other moves that few school board members enjoy. However, new results from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Michigan School Privatization Survey indicate that more than half of Michigan's school districts are improving services while spending less by turning to privatization of food, custodial and transportation services. Out of the 550 public school districts in the state, 295, or 53.6 percent, have privatized at least one of these three major noninstructional services. This represents a 9.1 percent increase in contracting over 2010. There were 44 districts that newly privatized at least one major noninstructional service since the Mackinac Center's 2010 survey. The single largest motivation for privatization is financial savings. The Mackinac Center has conducted its school privatization survey since 2001 and continues to document a steady rise in the number of districts contracting noninstructional services to save Michigan tax dollars. The survey primarily focused on contracting for food, custodial and transportation services. The 2011 Survey Results include: (1) 53.6 percent (295 out of 550) of districts contract for food, custodial or transportation services; (2) 57 total services were privatized in the past year; and (3) Six districts brought a service back in-house. Appended are: (1) Revisions to Previous Publications; and (2) Map of Survey Findings by School District. (Contains 10 graphs.) [For the 2010 edition of this report, see ED541517.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Identifiers - Location: Michigan